Breast milk is best for your baby

Breast milk is best for babies. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Health Promotion Board (HPB) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. At around six months of age (but not before 4 months), infants should receive nutritionally adequate and age-appropriate complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.

Abbott Singapore fully recognises breast milk’s primacy, value and superiority and supports exclusive breastfeeding as recommended by the WHO.

The content on this website is intended as general information for Singaporean residents only and should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your healthcare practitioner. The HPB recommends that infants start on age-appropriate complementary foods at around 6 months, whilst continuing breastfeeding for up to 2 years or beyond to meet their evolving nutritional requirements. If no longer breastfeeding, toddlers can switch to full cream milk after 12 months. This should be complemented by a good variety of solid foods from the four main food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and alternatives). For more information on the nutritional requirements of infants and young children, please visit www.healthhub.sg/earlynutrition.

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Are you providing a variety of foods in your child's diet?

A varied and balanced diet is essential for your child’s growth and development.
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Having a varied diet means eating a wide variety of different foods from the different food groups, as well as within each food group. Each food group offers a wide range of choices and each one has a unique nutritional value.


Diet diversity is well recognized as a key element of high quality diets, as it helps to ensure nutritional adequacy. When your child eats a variety of foods, it increases the likelihood of him or her getting the many types of nutrients which are important for growth and development. On the other hand, when there’s a lack of variety in your child’s diet (e.g. due to picky eating), it may lead to nutritional gaps.

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Your child’s diet may not be as varied as you think if he consumes foods from the different food groups, but only goes for a particular food within each group; or if he eats seemingly many different foods, but they only come from one or two food groups.

Here are some tips for providing a balanced and varied diet:


1. Serve foods from the different food groups

According to the Health Promotion Board, there are 4 food groups:


  • Brown rice and wholemeal bread
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Meat and others
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2. Choose different foods within each food group

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Each of the 4 main groups offers a wide range of food choices, and different foods within the same group can have different combinations of nutrients and other beneficial substances. Your child can achieve a healthful, nutritious eating pattern with by combining a variety of foods from within and across the food groups.

For example, some vegetables are good sources of vitamin C or vitamin A, while others may be high in folate. From the Meat & Others group, chicken provides vitamin B6 and iron, whereas milk supplies calcium and vitamin D. Choosing a variety of foods within each group also helps to make your meals more interesting from day to day.

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